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08-02-2002, 08:52 PM #1
Detroit V Oakland game 2
OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Barry Zito looks to notch his 16th victory for the Oakland Athletics on Friday night when they continue a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.
Zito (15-3, 3.02 ERA) leads the American League in victories and has won his last five starts with a 1.27 ERA in that span. He allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings in Oakland's 12-2 rout of Texas last Sunday.
The 24-year-old lefthander is facing the Tigers for the fifth time in his career and owns a 2-2 mark with a 3.81 ERA against them.
Zito is 7-0 at home with a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts this season and has won 16 straight regular-season decisions at home since a loss to Baltimore here on June 2, 2001.
Oakland opened the series with its second straight win, a 5-3 triumph on Thursday. Eric Chavez homered twice and Miguel Tejada and Ray Durham also connected for the Athletics, whose bullpen tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Tejada's homer extended his career-high hitting streak to 21 games, the longest streak in the American League this season.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Tigers.
Mark Redman (6-9, 3.29) looks to continue his strong pitching for Detroit. Redman is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in his last four starts and has pitched into the seventh inning in his last 13 starts.
The lefthander is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in four career appearances against Oakland, including one start. Redman is 2-5 with a 3.70 ERA on the road this year."I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets? I've never seen a team win a pennant without players. I think the only thing the manager has to do is keep things within certain boundaries."
08-03-2002, 01:53 AM #2
WP: M Redman (W, 7-9)
LP: B Zito (L, 15-4)
Final S: J Acevedo (S, 19)
Top 2nd - Detroit
D Jackson reached on infield single to third, C Pena scored, C Paquette to second.
Top 4th - Detroit
C Pena homered to right.
D Easley safe at first on error by pitcher B Zito, C Paquette scored, H Bocachica to third.
Bottom 6th - Oakland
M Ellis homered to left.
great pitching by redman and a good night for pena. 2-3 hr and a bb"I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets? I've never seen a team win a pennant without players. I think the only thing the manager has to do is keep things within certain boundaries."
08-03-2002, 01:57 AM #3
Acevedo made me really nervous in the 9th, but still managed to get the job done. A well deserved win for Mark Redman.
08-03-2002, 03:58 AM #4
Tigers snap Zito's 16-decision home win streak
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- After 14 months without a loss at the Coliseum, Barry Zito ran up against an opponent with a pitch that might be just as dangerous as the Oakland ace's curveball.
With his remarkable changeup in top form, Mark Redman pitched seven innings of six-hit ball as the Detroit Tigers beat the Athletics 3-1 Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
In his first start since trade rumors involving him came to nothing, Redman (7-9) struck out five and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. He kept the A's off-balance all night with his change, which rivaled Zito's looping curve for effectiveness.
``I realized he had a great changeup. He's pretty impressive,'' Zito said. ``He pulls the string on that change and throws it anywhere in the count. I'd like to have a changeup like that.''
Carlos Pena homered against his former teammates, and Detroit also used two unearned runs to hand Zito (15-4) just his second loss in 18 starts.
``All I ask is two runs of support,'' Redman said. ``I felt pretty strong, and I was able to get a couple of important pitches right where I wanted them at key times. My change was going for strikes on the outside. When you're pitching against Barry, you know it's going to be a narrow margin.''
It was a narrow defeat, but Zito -- tied with Boston's Derek Lowe for the AL lead in victories -- was nowhere near the unbeatable form he has displayed for most of the season.
After winning his previous five starts, he lasted just six innings against the Tigers, allowing six hits and three walks while retiring the side in order just once.
``I wasn't getting ahead of guys, and then I'd walk them,'' Zito said. ``My fastball command wasn't right, and it was starting to get in my head a little bit.''
Zito hadn't lost at home since June 2, 2001, against Baltimore -- though he also lost a 1-0 decision to the Yankees in the Game 3 of last season's division series.
``Zito had good stuff, but we made him throw too many pitches,'' Oakland manager Art Howe said.
Zito's Oakland-record streak of 16 straight victories at the Coliseum ended, but Miguel Tejada extended his hitting streak to 22 games -- the longest in the AL this season. Tejada singled in the sixth.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Redman was the player most coveted by opposing teams at the trade deadline, but it was easy to see why Dombrowski hung on to him.
``I'm glad all the trade rumors are out of the way, and I could just go out and pitch the way I did,'' Redman said.
Redman wasn't even certain he would pitch until Thursday because of a blister on his pitching hand, but he stayed out of trouble with a good mix of inside fastballs and outside changeups. When the A's loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, he got Ray Durham and Tejada on foul popups.
``He was throwing the ball good, and I still had confidence in him,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said of his decision to leave Redman in. ``It's good to pull out a close game, especially with good relief pitching.''
Oscar Henriquez worked a scoreless eighth for Detroit, and Juan Acevedo got three outs for his 19th save in 23 chances, striking out Mark Ellis and retiring Durham on a grounder with two runners on to end it.
Pena, traded by the A's last month in a three-way deal that brought Ted Lilly to Oakland, homered in the fourth and scored two runs as the Tigers beat the A's for just the second time in their last nine meetings.
``I get satisfaction out of helping my team win, because I have nothing against the A's,'' Pena said. ``At first it was weird playing against my old teammates, but it's fun to come back.''
Ellis homered in the sixth for the A's, who have lost seven of 10.
Pena scored Detroit's first unearned run in the second when Ellis made a throwing error that sent Pena to third. He scored on Damian Jackson's single.
The Tigers added another unearned run following Pena's homer to center field. Craig Paquette singled and reached second before Damion Easley hit an easy grounder _ but Zito dropped Olmedo Saenz's relay throw to first base, allowing Paquette to score.
Before the game, Oakland released LHP Mike Magnante, a 12-year veteran. ... Eric Chavez, a Gold Glove third baseman last season, has been the A's DH this week to rest his tender hamstrings. Ellis, a natural shortstop who is the team's regular second baseman, has played third in his absence. ... Zito has walked 10 in his last three starts. ... A's reliever Jim Mecir struck out the side in the seventh."I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets? I've never seen a team win a pennant without players. I think the only thing the manager has to do is keep things within certain boundaries."